Prospective Students

Why EE?

  • Research is on the cutting edge of high technology
  • High demand in many industries
  • Learn about electrical systems, microwave technology, computer system technology, and more
  • Multifaceted jobs with design, develop, test and supervisory elements
  • Availability of employment since electrical engineers are needed in towns, cities, and developing areas
  • Jobs in every field including business, health care, computer programming, and structural and maintenance, etc
  • Involved in energy, information, communication, transportation, and environmental needs of society


  • One of the top electrical engineering departments in the country
  • Part of one of the best engineering colleges in the U.S.
  • First rate courses in electrical systems, computer systems, communication, control, and more
  • Program with all of the latest up-to-date content
  • Wide range of course offerings including interdisciplinary studies
  • Right balance of theory and practice
  • Student directly advised by an ECE faculty member
  • Specialized senior elective tracks
  • Option to apply for the combined ECE BS/MS program
  • UCSB Career Center Engineering and Technology advising services
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Top 5 Questions

How do I apply to the UCSB Electrical Engineering Program?

Visit the University of California Admissions website for information about:  Requirements, How to Apply, Tuition & Financial Aid, Application

Visit UCSB Admissions for information about Applying, Virtual Events, Exploring UCSB and Resources

How much does it cost per academic year at UCSB (Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters)?

The UCSB Financial Aid Office has an online cost of attendance form that calculates costs for the academic year. The Cost of Attendance webpage includes residency (CA resident / non-resident) and housing (commuter, off-campus and university) options.

Does UCSB, the College of Engineering and ECE have campus tours?

The University holds Transfer, Fall, Spring and April Open Houses

For additional information about visiting UCSB go to the Virtual Campus Visits page for information about:

  • COVID-19 Information
  • Live Chat with UCSB Tour Guides
  • Guided Virtual Tours
  • Live Student Panels

The College of Engineering (COE) has a Virtual Open House page and offers Virtual Academic Advising meetings 

The ECE Department offers student advising with the Undergraduate Advisor by appointment only

Does ECE have any recommendations for preparation from high school to college

Check out the Preparation from High School to College section for recommendations in any Undergraduate Student Spotlight for questions like:

  • What prepared you the most for studying engineering in college?
  • Are there any classes that you suggest ECE students take before entering UCSB?
  • Any additional experiences that you would like to share with students to help them prepare for college?
Who do I contact for Transfer Preparation information?

The COE Undergraduate Studies Office handles all Transfer Preparation inquiries. Please carefully review all of the details.

More Questions

What's the current job outlook for Electrical Engineers?

Review "PayScale College Salary Report - Highest Paying Bachelor Degrees by Salary Potential".

For additional information, the College of Engineering has an excellent Career Services web page that helps undergraduates and graduate students locate jobs and internships.

What percent of EE Program students become involved in hands-on engineering design work?

100% - all Electrical Engineering students are required to complete a Senior "Capstone" design project as part of their senior elective plan.

Are there internship and Job Opportunities available for EE students?

Santa Barbara and the Goleta area are known as being a part of the technology corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many technology companies are located in our area and contact us seeking students who are interested in participating in internship and employment opportunities. The ECE Student Office regularly sends out email notifications to students about these opportunities.

Students are also advised to initiate direct contact with companies and to discuss internship and employment interests with faculty members since many have their own research labs and also have contact with local industry.

UCSB Career Services has an official website for jobs, internships, and campus interviews called Handshake. In addition, Handshake serves as a gateway to subscription services that are free for UCSB students. Also, check out the College of Engineering's Internships and Careers web page that has information about careers, internships (research and industry) and networking opportunities.

Career Events occur throughout the year and are a great opportunity to see which companies are looking for interns. This is also an excellent chance to network for employment after graduation.

How can I learn about Research Opportunities?

The College of Engineering's Undergraduate Research Opportunities web page has information such as How & When to Get Started, Research Programs and more.

Also, consult directly with ECE faculty members who a have similar interests so they can steer you in the right direction. Both faculty research interests and research areas are available on the ECE Department's website Research pages..

Can I participate in the University of California's Education Abroad Program (EAP)?

The UCSB Office of the Education Abroad Program is dedicated to making the experience of such study available to as many qualified UCSB students as possible. EAP allows students to continue to progress toward their degrees while living and studying in some of the best academic institutions around the world.

For more information about EAP, contact the College of Engineering liaison, Frances Fouch -

Can I participate in the UCSB Technology Management program?

Students may participate in UCSB Technology Management Program (TMP).

The Technology Management Program's educational programs include classes in management, entrepreneurship, new product development, marketing, and much more taught by world-class scholars, highly successful business lecturers and entrepreneurs.

TMP's New Venture Program has launched new ventures including several EE senior year projects.

What is the advantage of the combined Bachelor of Science / Master of Science degree program?

EE students may obtain both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering by taking applicable courses in the last half of their senior year. Students interested in the BS/MS Program may apply in the Spring quarter of their junior year after they have taken their junior level courses for the BS/MS program in ECE. Please see the ECE Student Office for more information.

Please see the ECE Undergraduate Student office for more information. The applicant should have a good G.P.A. and faculty recommendations. Roughly the top 25% of Electrical Engineering students may be eligible to apply for the BS/MS Program.

Apply to UCSB

  • UC application opens: August 1
  • UC application deadline: Submit November 1-30

Virtual Open Houses (Spring)

Open is held in April each year.  See links below for date:

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Employment & Internship Info

Question Not Here?

Contact the EE Undergraduate Advisor
Phone: tel: (805) 893-8292